Women’s Soccer Earns First Win of Season

Kaelyn Long, Senior Writer

The Bison women’s soccer team brought home their first win of the spring season after defeating the American Eagles 1-0. Chloe Christakos ’21 scored the lone goal with a header off a corner kick. Defensively, the Bison anchored another shutout, marking their best defensive start to a season in team history.

“Getting our first win of the season this past weekend felt amazing. We were finally able to find the back of the net. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for our team because this is the first of more wins to come,” Christakos said.

The Orange and Blue now sit at 1-1-2 in the Patriot League after two recent ties against Lafayette and Lehigh. Christakos now holds four career goals. Lea Tarzy ’24 added her first career assist as she sent the ball deep into the box to allow Christakos to head it in the back of the net right before halftime.

Offensively, the team was clicking on and off the ball as they generated 23 total shots. Jenna Marek ’21 added a shot off the post, while Claire Mensi ’22 was robbed short of a breakaway in the second half. Mensi led the Bison with six total shot attempts. The team also finished with a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks against the Eagles.

On the defensive end, the Bison held American to only 13 shots. The team now holds a 0.23 team goals-against average on the season. For the lineup, Christakos, Tarzy, Holly Burns ’23 and Alana Carlucci ’23 stood strong as the defensive line, while Kaylee Donnelly’23 and Jenna Hall ’24 split time in goal for the Orange and Blue. Petie Nassetta ’23 contributed to the team’s win by playing the full 90 minutes as the holding central midfielder.

“This win was huge for us. It was a true collective group win, and we were really proud of everyone’s efforts on and off the field. The entire team has been working so hard these past few weeks, and I feel that we’re really connecting as a team more and more each game,” Mensi said.

Next up for the Bison is against the Naval Academy at Emmitt Field on Wednesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. The game will also be live streamed via ESPN+.

 

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